[noun bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adjective bak-uh-nl]
- a follower of Bacchus.
- a drunken reveler.
- an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
- pertaining to Bacchus; bacchanalian.
Origin of bacchanal
1530–40; < Latin Bacchānāl, equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ānāl, probably as back formation from Bacchānālia; see Bacchanalia
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3. saturnalia, debauch, spree, carousal.
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- a follower of Bacchus
- a drunken and riotous celebration
- a participant in such a celebration; reveller
- of or relating to Bacchus
C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for bacchanal
1530s (n.); 1540s (adj.), from Latin bacchanalis "having to do with Bacchus" (see Bacchus). Meaning "riotous, drunken roistering; orgy" is from 1711.
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